Dylan McGrath, EETimes
2/23/2018 00:01 AM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — Qualcomm said it will continue to work with longtime foundry supplier Samsung Electronics on Snapdragon 5G chipsets using Samsung's 7nm Low Power Plus (LPP) process technology with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.
Samsung aims to take the lead in putting long-delayed EUV into production, with plans to use it in its 7nm LPP process starting in the second half of this year. Other leading-edge chip makers-- including Intel, TSMC and Globalfoundries--are targeting EUV production sometime in 2019.
Qualcomm (San Diego) said using the 7nm LPP EUV process technology for Snapdragon 5G will give the chips a smaller footprint, providing handset OEMs with space to support larger batteries or slimmer designs. The process technology and design of the Snapdragon chips is expected to result in significant improvements in battery life, Qualcomm said.
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